Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually very painful, we do our best to help our Singapore patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Stakes will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Stakes today and make an appointment to come into our Singapore office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!